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Duration: 1 hour

Composer Howard Goodall marks the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with a personal look at his Easter masterpiece Messiah. He examines the reasons behind London audiences' snubbing of Messiah in 1743 and charts its rise in popularity and enduring appeal today. Soloists Nathan Vale and Joanne Lunn, the Exmoor Singers of London and the award-winning Twyford School Gospel Choir perform musical highlights.

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Fri 10 Apr 2009 14:00 BBC Two


Howard Goodall


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